Month: April 2024

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News-Journal sues Hoke County

By Catharin Shepard • Editor • After months of asking for and not receiving requested public records, The News-Journal filed a lawsuit Monday in Hoke County Superior Court asking the court to order Hoke County to turn over the records. The News-Journal and owner Jessica Brown filed the lawsuit under North Carolina’s Public Records Law,...

Hillcrest fire chief injured in fall from truck
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Hillcrest fire chief injured in fall from truck

[Photo: Fire Chief Michael Scott; photo from Facebook] Catharin Shepard • Editor • Hillcrest Fire Department Fire Chief Michael Scott suffered a head injury Tuesday when he fell from one of the station’s fire trucks, according to the department. “On Tuesday afternoon, the Fire Chief was assisting with vehicle washing and maintenance when he fell...

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Late audit shows Hoke County had to pay big water bill, fund balance hit record high

By Catharin Shepard • Editor • Although the audit was submitted late, the news Monday night was mostly good for Hoke County when an auditor presented the annual report to commissioners. The county’s available general fund balance hit a new record high, after successive years of commissioners putting money aside into the fund. At the...